Greetings all and Happy 2018!
I have just released the Badlands Photography Workshop schedule for 2018. We have three workshops scheduled for 2018 in May, October and December in Badlands National Park in western South Dakota. This will be our 8th year in the Badlands teaching Photography, Image Editing and a little about nature. I hope you can join us!
- Spring Scenic: May 19-23, 2018
- Fall Night Sky: October 6-10, 2018
- Winter Wildlife: December 1-5, 2018
Complete information can be found at my website: http://badlands.rikkflohr.com
If you’ve ever wanted to explore a majestic, wildlife dense park with qualified photographers, guides and instructors, this is your opportunity. Request a registration today!
Rikk Flohr © 2018
A month later than normal, I am announcing year seven of my Badlands Photography Workshop series. This year, well, it’s complicated. My ongoing work with Adobe complicates my workshop schedule this year. To that end, I will not be holding the annual May workshop for Spring Scenic topics. Then, there is my Iceland expedition. Iceland falls right in the middle of the Badlands Night Sky workshop normally held in September. This year, circumstances are going to require me to limit Badlands to a single winter workshop.
Winter Workshop: December 2-6, 2017
Complete information can be found at the Badlands Photography Workshop website.
Sign up sooner rather than later. The previous six editions of this workshop have sold out and I expect this one to do the same. Early signup pricing is available until 8/31/2017 but typically this workshop sells out by July 1st. Linger at your peril.
We would love to see you in the Badlands in December!
Rikk Flohr © 2017
As of today, January 15, 2016 registration is open for the 2016 editions of the Badlands Photography Workshop with 3-Time Badlands Artist in Residence, Rikk Flohr.
This year, I am adding a new workshop to the series: September Night Skies at Badlands. In the traditional Spring Workshop the sun sets too late and rises too early for effective night sky photography. On the traditional Winter dates, the times are fine but the nights are so darned cold! I thought to my self, when can we have light jacket weather, great night skies and decent shooting hours? The answer was Dark of the Moon in September.
To mix things up a bit – especially for returning alumni, I’ve decided to add a printing component to the Badlands Spring workshop. December will remain my traditional Winter Wildlife workshop
Spring: Badlands in Print – May 21-25, 2016
Fall: Badlands Night Sky – September 24-28, 2016
Winter: Winter Wildlife – December 3-7, 2016
There is a $50.00 early registration discount for each of the workshops in the series so don’t delay. Last year, both workshops sold out well in advance of the workshop date.
Complete information can be found at Rikk’s Badlands Website.
I look forward to seeing you all in the Badlands!
Rikk Flohr © 2016
It was bound to happen. The last two seats of the 2015 Badlands Photography Workshop – Winter Edition have sold out. At this point we are in a waiting list only mode. If you still want to sign up in hopes of a cancellation, proceed to the website.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
Almost as fast as we could announce the dates, the Spring Workshop has sold out. We are in a waiting list status only going forward. If you want to be on the waiting list, request a registration form from the website and send it in. Or, sign up for winter-it is just as much fun and in some ways easier to deal with the cold than the brutal spring daylight schedule!
Spring: May 16-20, 2015 (Sold out)
Winter: December 5-9, 2015
Complete information can be found at the Badlands Photography Workshop website. We expect this year’s winter workshop to sell out fairly quickly as well. Indeed as of this writing, space on the spring workshop is almost gone! Don’t delay.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
The Badlands Photography Workshop 2015 Season with Rikk Flohr and Laurie Hernandez dates are officially announced. This year’s dates are:
Spring: May 16-20, 2015
Winter: December 5-9, 2015
Complete information can be found at the Badlands Photography Workshop website. We expect this year’s workshops to sell out fairly quickly. Indeed as of this writing, space on the spring workshop is almost gone! Don’t delay.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
What a difference six months makes…
If you’ve read my blogs for long, you will know that I am a big fan of returning to the scene of the crime. With rare exceptions, conditions are never quite the same. If a scene works for a good photograph once, it usually will again. Sometimes, it exceeds the wildest imaginings of the photographer. The results, while equally (or surpassingly) stunning (perhaps), will never be visually identical. It is almost always worth the effort to check out the choice locations and give them a second go.
Consider these scenes captured during my last two Badlands Photography Workshops.
This image was captured during the spring edition of my popular Badlands workshop. At the time, the light was great. It was May and we were well on our way through astronomical spring. There was no snow and no vegetation to betray the season – save the angle and quality of light. When I took this photograph in May, it was almost on a whim. I paused to take a look at what some of my students were shooting and decided it might be a good class room image. I grabbed a quick tripod position and fired. It was a good sky day: not overcast – not completely clear. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the image.
The full-frame sensor had a 24-105 lens mounted and I shot this at 24 MM to get the wide expanse.
Fast forward 6 months…
Same scene. Same camera. Same lens. Same F-Stop. Now, it is early December. The sun is lower and rises at a dramatically different angle to the formation. I was also fortunate to catch this a few minutes closer to sunrise than the spring shot shown earlier. The peak catches an almost incandescent glow from the very low sun angle. Believe it or not, saturation and vibrance have both been reduced in this image. The orange glow was that electric!
The real wild card in any landscape photograph’s success always seems to be the sky. Winter in the Badlands produced one of the most stunning skies I’ve ever seen over this formation. Don’t get me wrong, the formations and the selective fall of the light are amazing but the sky really makes this picture pop. A host of new hues and textures provide an exquisite backdrop to the sun-caressed formations. A tighter framing (28 MM) from approximately the same tripod position improves the composition as well. Returning to the scene of the crime was worthwhile on this day.
Sometimes landscape hunters become fixated on a trophy image, going from place to place and capturing images like items on a shopping list. They never consider or give a low priority to returning to an iconic location many times. True, you do get to see more stuff that way and add to the rote of the captured postcards but you may miss out on opportunities like this one. I have shot at this particular location in excess of 20 times and never have I taken an image which rivals this most recent edition. It only happened because I was willing to return to scene of the crime.
Happy holidays to all. Watch for information on workshops for 2015
Rikk Flohr © 2014